Australian court disqualifies deputy PM for dual citizenship

Fiona Nash

Barnaby Joyce has blasted Liberal Party figures for sniping at the Nationals over the dual citizenship saga, reminding them the junior Coalition partner was responsible for winning last year's election.

On Friday afternoon, the High Court ruled Joyce is no longer a Member of Parliament.

A somewhat shell-shocked Barnaby Joyce has faced the press after learning the High Court has disqualified him from Parliament for being a dual citizen.

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The court's decision means the government loses its one-seat majority in the lower House of Representatives as it awaits the by-election for Mr. Joyce's seat in December. Australian Country Party Secretary Darren Cooper said "It's great to see decent people of a high calibre join the Country Party".

One of the most controversial decisions in question is the relocation of the national pesticides agency from Canberra to Armidale in Mr Joyce's northern NSW electorate. "I thank the court [for] their deliberations".




"I was always prepared for this outcome, I don't actually stand here totally surprised", he said.

Asked whether he should have stepped down, Mr Joyce said he had strong advice that he would not be ruled ineligible.

Australia's conservative government has lost its majority after the deputy prime minister was declared ineligible for parliament.

"I just think that people should be reminded of that and if they really have a strong view of something, put your name to it".

The deputy prime minister is the main casualty, after being found to have held dual citizenship when he ran for election.

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